Thanks in advance for your help.
I started a new job a few months ago. During this time, I've noticed a number of events that I have actively been trying not to interpret as red flags, but lately they have accumulated and so I ask for your help and advice.
1) Do the events below seem like indicators of a bad work environment?
2) Which of the actions (listed at bottom of post) do you suggest taking?
- Teammate X began CC'ing my manager on all emails - big and small – and made corrections to my work several times via email that were incorrect. He also began asking peculiar questions. For example, he began asking me what time I usually get in in the morning, or asking (at 9am) whether I'm going to make the 5pm meeting.
- 360 degree performance reviews are conducted. Outcome: I am no longer able to work from home except under rare circumstances and advance notice is required b/c teammate said I was not available. I'm to be in the office by 9:30am. (Mind you working from home is allowed across the company and there are no set in-office hours.) My work quality is criticized but no specific examples are able to be provided, except unrelated incorrect items Teammate X brought up (that are factually and provably false). All criticism is in line with what Teammate X has been trying to position against me. This is in sharp contrast to feedback provided by outside sources. Manager insists I provide bi-weekly reports of what I am working on going forward, and repeatedly asks 'how I think things are going', visibly frustrated, and seems like he would be relieved if I resigned right then and there. Additional feedback was that I should walk around to people's desks more when I have questions instead of sending email or using chat. I manage to listen carefully and actively, swallow pride and take full responsibility for all feedback, repeat back what I heard, and take action that day sending a thorough report and being in the office every day by 930am to rebuild trust and hopefully repair whatever is going on. Manager ignores my email, report and meeting invites and abandons the new requirement beginning Monday the following week.
- Teammates then receive 360 degree reviews, but surprisingly my input and feedback was never sought.
- Teammate X begins wanting to learn about a significant area of responsibility of mine (roughly 50% of my role). I help out and share all I know.
- I find out that Teammate X has posted a job listing and did not invite me to interview subsequent candidates. The role is under what was once my direct area of responsibility.
- I ask my manager whether Teammate X now owns this responsibility. She says no, I just asked her to post the job listing... Manager informs me that that that responsibility will be owned by another team at some point in the future given its size. I am surprised that I was not asked which of my two main responsibilities I would like to pursue.
- New hire is made. New hire works from home every week, two days out of the week, as part of their agreement.
- Teammate X begins broadcasting that they now run my former area of responsibility, dramatically overstating their influence, etc. despite lacking the knowledge, speed and performance I have in this area.
- Manager responds to my emails maybe 50% of the time, at best. May be the same for others, and I'm sure it is in some cases.
I've tried to weather the storm here and repair things. I sat through a lot of feedback that both emails, facts, and outside sources disagree with.
That said I believe perhaps I have been a bit naive and I am in a situation that isn't good, and perhaps resembles bullying.
- I'm very unlikely to have success on my current team working for my current manager
- I'm even less likely to have an upward trajectory at the company
Both of these are important to me.
Potential Next Steps
- Attempt to switch teams within the company OR
- Talk to someone about it (but I would rather not burn bridges, and I don't think this manager is going anywhere) OR
- Begin interviewing elsewhere OR
- Work hard, be nice, communicate and hope it gets better.
Which action do you recommend?